Ella Cheever Thayer
|Ella Cheever Thayer|
September 14, 1849|
Portland, Cumberland County Maine, United States
|Died||October 28, 1925
149 West Canton Street, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
She was the daughter of apothecary George Augusta Thayer (October 19, 1824 – December 13, 1863) and Rachel Ella Cheever Thayer (October 18, 1823 - May 15, 1907). One sister, Mary Georgie Thayer (October 9, 1869 – March 30, 1912), was a school teacher. Thayer eventually became a telegraph operator at the Brunswick Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, who used her experience on the telegraph as the basis for her book Wired Love, A Romance of Dots and Dashes, which became a bestseller for 10 years.
She was also a playwright, having written The Lords of Creation in 1883. Her play is reviewed in the book On to Victory: Propaganda Plays of the Woman's Suffrage Movement by Bettina Friedl, published in 1990 (ISBN 1-55553-073-7) and it was one of the first suffragette plays.
Later life and death
She lived in Saugus, Massachusetts. Thayer died of liver cancer; her ashes were placed on November 1, 1925 in Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
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- Works by Ella Cheever Thayer at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Ella Cheever Thayer at Internet Archive
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- Ella Cheever Thayer at Find a Grave
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